Food & Drink in Jefferson

Dine-In or Carryout Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern Cuisine at Jerusalem Restaurant (35% Off)

Jerusalem Restaurant

Bailey's Crossroads

$40 $26

Delicately spiced Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern dishes include Moroccan couscous, lamb makluba, shawarma wraps, kebabs, and Arabic sweets

All-Day Breakfast, Sandwiches, and Salads at The Original Pancake House (Up to 44% Off). Two Options Available.

Original Pancake House

Multiple Locations

$18 $10

Made-from-scratch specialties, such as dutch-baby and apple pancakes, served all day alongside lunches and fresh-squeezed orange juice

Italian Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Argia's (Up to 36% Off)

Argia's

Falls Church

$22 $14

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Fresh mussels and fish arrive daily at kitchens where chefs make focaccia bread and pastas such as ravioli and gnocchi by hand

$5 for $10 Worth of Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt at Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt

Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt

Falls Church

$10 $5

A rotating selection of more than 50 self-serve frozen-yogurt flavors topped with goodies of your choice

$17 for $30 Worth of Northern Indian Food at Raaga Restaurant

Raaga Restaurant

Bailey's Crossroads

$30 $17

Northern Indian specialties including chicken tikka cooked in a clay oven and lamb vindaloo

Sushi Cuisine for Two or Four, or $32 for $50 Worth of Carryout at Sushi Nami

Sushi Nami

Falls Church, VA

$50 $25

Sushi restaurant uses ingredients like spicy crabmeat, salmon, shrimp tempura, and jalapeños to create rolls, nigiri, and more

Half Off Italian Cuisine at Italian Cafe (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Italian Cafe

Falls Church

$40 $20

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Chefs whip up pizzas, 12 oz. portions of Angus steak, and mussels over linguine

$11 for $20 Worth of Indian Cuisine at Saathi Indian Restaurant

Saathi Indian Restaurant

Seven Corners

$20 $11

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The menu spans fish and paneer curries, tandoor dishes, and meat-filled platters such as lamb vindaloo

Korean Meal with Salads and Family-Style Dumplings and Chicken for Two or Four at Red Holic (Up to 47% Off)

Red Holic

Annandale

$66 $35

Korean-style fried chicken or marinated sweet-and-sour or soy-sauce chicken complements steamed or fried beef, pork, or veggie dumplings

Korean Cuisine at Joong Mi (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Joong Mi

Annandale

$20 $10

Korean noodles, soups, dumplings, and entrees such as bulgogi, galbi, and sweet and sour pork

$25 for a Japanese Prix-Fixe Meal at Honey Pig Izakaya ($59 Value)

Honey Pig Izakaya

Annandale

$59 $25

Enjoy a sampling of Japanese cuisine with bits of nigiri, sushi rolls, shrimp and veggie tempura, and pork belly or bulgogi

$12 for $20 Worth of Italian-Inspired Pizzeria Fare at Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza

Pete's New Haven Style Apizza

Clarendon - Courthouse

$20 $12

Massive pies with crisp, chewy crust emerge from stone ovens topped with locally sourced ingredients and housemade meatballs

$249 for Japanese Dinner for a Party of 10 or More at Sushi Rock (Up to $420 Value)

Sushi Rock

Radnor - Arlington Courthouse Metro

$420 $249

Dinner includes 18 appetizers, 10 soups, 16 sushi rolls, and 10 desserts

$12 for $20 Worth of Contemporary American Food and Drink for Two at Bracket Room

Bracket Room

Clarendon - Courthouse

$20 $12

Chefs serve up elevated American pub food inside a custom-designed sports lounge lined with 35 infinity-edge televisions

Pan-Asian Cuisine for Dinner at Zen Bistro & Wine Bar (Up to 43% Off)

Zen Bistro & Wine Bar

Pentagon Row

$30 $17

Sushi, tapas, and entrees inspired by the diverse cooking traditions of Asia

Pan-Asian Cuisine at Asia Bistro- Pentagon Row (Up to 43% Off). Two Options Available.

Asia Bistro

Pentagon Row

$30 $17

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Pan-Asian spread includes fresh sushi, Chinese stir-fry, spicy Penang curry, and Korean bone-in ribs

American Food and Drinks for Two or Four at Potomac Restaurant (Half Off)

Potomac Restaurant

Foxcroft Heights

$50 $25

In a sophisticated setting with two plasma TVs, diners down flatbread sandwiches, brawny burgers, and omelets

International Cuisine at Delightful Food Court (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Delightful Food Court

North Rosslyn

$10 $5

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Various dishes such as orange chicken, Vietnamese pho noodle soup, hot wings, salad bar, pasta, and hot and cold sandwiches

$15 for $30 Worth of New York-Style Pizzas, Hoagies, and Pastas at Bronx Pizza & Subs

Bronx Pizza & Subs

Clarendon - Courthouse

$30 $15

Classic New York-style pizza by the slice or whole pie is served alongside giant calzones, hoagies, and fresh pasta dishes

$12 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Burgers and Shakes at Z-Burger. Six Locations Available.

Z-Burger

Multiple Locations

$10 $6

Burgers with a choice of 20+ toppings and milkshakes in 75 flavors

$22 for $40 Worth of Indian Cuisine and Drinks at Zaika

Zaika

Zaika

$40 $22

Traditional and modern Indian menu includes tandoori-baked whole red snapper, tender marinated lamb, and crispy pakora veggies

$20 for $40 Worth of American and International Diner Food at Cesar's Diner

Cesar's Diner

Arlington

$40 $20

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Stop in for an afternoon bite of staples such as bacon cheeseburgers, grilled cheese, club sandwiches, and pulled pork

10 Espresso Drinks or Chai Lattes with Optional Pastries at The Curious Grape (Up to 51% Off)

The Curious Grape

Fairlington - Shirlington

$31.90 $16

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Seasonal pastries and 12-ounce lattes, chai lattes, or cappuccinos made using hand-pulled espresso and local organic milk

Vietnamese Food at Saigon Saigon (Up to 37% Off). Two Options Available.

Saigon Saigon

Pentagon Row

$30 $19

Vietnamese dishes such as lemongrass-marinated chicken and hanoi beef noodle soup satiate diners nestled into comfy booths

$20 for a Fall-Festival Outing with Activity Bands for Two Adults and Two Children at Tysons Fall Harvest ($38 Value)

Tysons Fall Harvest

Lerner Town Square at Tysons II

$38 $20

Fall festival celebrates the season with hay rides, a petting zoo, bouncy house, hay maze, kids' candy walk, and pumpkin-carver demos

Ethiopian Food for Two or Four at Merkamo Ethiopian Bistro (Half Off)

Merkamo Ethiopian Bistro

Springfield

$20 $10

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Vegetarian and nonvegetarian Ethiopian meals include beef over collard greens, lamb strips with jalapeños, and spicy bean shiro wet

$29 for Indian Dinner for Two Including One Appetizer, Two Entrees and Two Desserts at Cafe Taj (Up to 49% Off)

Cafe Taj

McLean

$58.43 $29.99

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Traditional tandoori dishes and curries served at Indian eatery with fountain and Romanesque columns

$22 for $40 Worth of Italian Food for Dinner at Assaggi Osteria

Assaggi Osteria

Mc Lean

$40 $22

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Italian chef Domenico Cornacchia creates authentic food in trattoria-style eatery with raves from Viva Tysons and Washingtonian

Thai Food for Dine-In or Carry-Out at I-Thai Restaurant & Bar (Up to 45% Off)

I-Thai Restaurant & Bar

Tysons West

$40 $22

Spicy red, yellow, and green curries and grilled lobster tail with sweet shredded mango

$11 for $20 Worth of Produce — Sahara Date Company

Sahara Date Company

Tysons West

$20 $11

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$22 for $40 Worth of Bistro Cuisine and Nonalcoholic Beverages at The Wine House

The Wine House

Fairfax

$40 $22

Bistro dining inside a wine boutique, with over 500 wines to pair with French & Californian fare prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients

Gourmet Deli Food at Bernie's Delicatessen & Gourmet Market (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Bernie's Delicatessen & Gourmet Market

Fairfax

$10 $6

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Seasoned deli owners churn out authentic New York–style sandwiches, housemade seasonal soups, and daily breakfast

$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Frozen Yogurt, Smoothies & Teas at bluberi ($30 Value)

bluberi

Multiple Locations

$10 $5

Swirls of nonfat & low-fat yogurt mix with fresh fruit and candies, accompanied by steaming cups of Tavalon premium loose-leaf tea

$25 for Wild Goose Chase Urban Beer Scavenger Hunt for Team of Two on Saturday, September 20 ($50 Value)

Team Player Productions - Goose Island Events

Old Glory

$50 $25

Goose Island Beer Company sponsors a beer-drinking scavenger hunt, in which teams of two race through DC in search of five golden eggs

Beer Tower and Fried-Goal Sampler for Two at District 2 Bar & Grille or Jake's American Grille (Up to 35% Off)

Jakes American Grille and District 2 Bar & Grille

Multiple Locations

$60 $39

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Neighborhood sports bars welcome guests with beer and appetizers on football game days

Two-Hour Scotch Tasting and Appetizers for One or Two on Saturday, November 8 (Up to 80% Off)

EventGeekUSA

Downtown - Penn Quarter - Chinatown

$149 $39

Aficionados can spend two hours sampling scotch whiskey from six distilleries, listening to smooth jazz, and snacking on light fare

$59 for 12 Bottles of Tempranillo Blends at Sheffield Wine & Liquors Shoppe ($120 Value)

Sheffield Wine & Liquors Shoppe

Chevy Chase

$120 $59

One dozen bottles of tempranillo blends come imported from Spain

$22 for $40 Worth of Bistro Seafood for Dinner at Nage

Nage Restaurant

Dupont Circle

$40 $22

Cooks blend French and American culinary styles to produce hearty seafood dishes infused with bistro flair at casual, upscale eatery

Show and Drinks for One, Two, or Four at Twins Jazz (Up to 53% Off)

Twins Jazz

Twins Jazz

$24 $13

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Jazz lounge hosts virtuoso musicians such as vocalist Danielle Wertz & veteran pianist Larry Brown as patrons sip beer, wine & cocktails

Italian Cuisine at Paper Moon (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Paper Moon

Paper Moon

$20 $12

Traditional Italian antipastos, pastas, and entrees

$10 for $20 Worth of Wings and Sandwiches at Wingo’s

Wingo's

Georgetown

$20 $10

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Spicy wings and an eclectic bar menu that ranges from burgers to ice cream served at breakfast, lunch, and dinner

8 Ice-Cream Cones or 1 Year of Ice-Cream Pints from Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream (Up to 58% Off). Two Options.

Ben & Jerry's

Multiple Locations

$34.08 $17

Celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival with a scoop of Cherry Garcia ice cream, a cherry ice cream chock-full of cherries and fudge flakes

$12 for $20 Worth of Asian Cuisine at Wok and Roll

Wok and Roll

Downtown - Penn Quarter - Chinatown

$20 $12

Specialty sushi rolls, tempura, and Chinese entrees such as general tso's chicken, kung pao delight, and pineapple shrimp

Cocktail Mixer and Glass of Wine for Two or Four, or Bottle Service for Four at MIA Lounge (Up to 67% Off)

MIA Lounge

Dupont Circle

$10 $5

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Stylish nightclub hosts weekly cocktail mixers or treats VIP tables to bottle service with mixers & spirits like Absolut vodka or Malibu rum

$89 for Six Bottles of Spanish Red Wine at Imperial Liquors ($180 Value)

Imperial Liquors

Dupont Circle

$180 $89

Boutique liquor shop packs six bottles of a Spanish red with a 90+ score from Wine Advocate that has notes of woodsmoke, spice, and cherry

In-Home Wine or Whiskey Tasting for Up to 15 from Custom Wine Tasting (Up to 57% Off)

Custom Wine Tasting

Brentwood - Langdon

$699.99 $299

Skilled wine and whiskey experts bring their best bottles to customers' homes, providing tastings as well as cheese or chocolate pairings

$27 for $50 Toward American Bistro Brunch for Two Plates and Two Drinks Per Person

Rumors

Dupont Circle

$50 $27

Brunch classics include corn beef and hash, fried chicken and waffles, and huevos rancheros with eggs, cheese, and beans in a corn tortilla

VIP Bottle Service for Five or More, or $15 for $30 Toward Premium Cocktails for Four at Mova Lounge DC

Mova Lounge DC

Logan Circle - Shaw

$30 $15

Hand-crafted drinks made with popular liquors are served to VIPs in an upscale lounge with live DJs

$45 for an Indian and Nepalese Meal for Two at Himalayan Heritage ($82 Value)

Himalayan Heritage

Multiple Locations

$82 $45

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Biryani, tandoori-baked dishes, and other Indian and Nepalese dishes served amid cultural décor

$9 for $15 Worth of Mexican Food at Super Tacos & Bakery

Super Tacos & Bakery

Washington D.C.

$15 $9

Traditional Mexican cooking inspired by regional staples, including tortas, chicken flautas, and tamales wrapped in banana leaves

$16 for $30 Worth of Belgian Cuisine at Sur La Place

Sur La Place

Foxhall - Palisades

$30 $16

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The Belgian eatery whips up 20-plus varieties of mussel and pan-seared fish filets amid red drapes and exposed brick

$10 for $17 Worth of Chinese Takeout from Spring Garden

Spring Garden

AU Park - Friendship Heights - Tenley

$17 $10

Massive menu of popular Chinese dishes such as peking duck with homemade pancakes, sweet-and-sour pork, vegetarian general tso's tofu

Indian and Pakistani Food for Two or Four, or for Takeout at Mayur Kabab House (Up to 56% Off)

Mayur Kabab House

Downtown - Penn Quarter - Chinatown

$30 $17

Indian and Pakistani dishes such as chicken karahi, chickpeas served with deep-fried puffed bread, and paneer-studded curries

Sunday Brunch or Mediterranean Food at Twist Dupont Restaurant (Up to 51% Off). Four Options Available.

Twist Dupont Restaurant

Dupont Circle

$70 $35

The kitchens bring together the flavors of worldly dishes made from scratch with gourmet Mediterranean-style spins and fresh ingredients

Dine-In or Carry-Out at i-Thai Restaurant & Sushi Bar (Up to 45% Off)

i-Thai Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Georgetown

$40 $22

Spicy mingles with sweet in traditional Thai dishes alongside Japanese-inspired entrees

$15 for $30 Worth of Italian Mediterranean and Eastern European Cuisine at LiLLiES Restaurant and Bar

LiLLiES Restaurant & Bar

Lillies Cafe

$30 $15

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Eastern European–influenced Italian Mediterranean dishes, such as lobster ravioli, goat-cheese panini, and greek omelets

$15 for $30 Worth of Indian Cuisine During Dinner at Cafe of India

Cafe of India

Friendship Heights

$30 $15

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Vegetarian stews, chickpea curries, and paneer alongside tandoori chicken, seafood masalas, and lamb curry

Kings Treat Meal for Two, or $15 for $30 Worth of Indian Cuisine at Mehak

Mehak

Downtown - Penn Quarter - Chinatown

$30 $15

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Amid orange walls, Indian eatery's cooks whip up charcoal-grilled tandoori dishes, lamb and chicken curry, and warm naan

Indian Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Rasoi Indian Kitchen (40% Off). Three Options Available.

Rasoi Indian Kitchen

Downtown

$30 $18

Tandoori dishes and aromatic curries served amid metal statues and mint-hued walls

Two Classic or Fall-Themed Beer Flights with Two Appetizers for Two at Uptown Tap House (Up to 50% Off)

Uptown Tap House

Washington

$34 $17

Enjoy appetizers such as truffled steak and cheese eggrolls, paired with flights of craft beers or fall-themed premium beers

$11 for a Large Specialty Pizza and Breadsticks at Jumbo Pizza ($22.75 Total Value)

Jumbo Pizza

U Street - Cardozo

$22.75 $11

Specialty pies topped with ingredients such as pesto, roasted red peppers, and gorgonzola cheese

Upscale Pub Lunch or Dinner for Two at Sign of the Whale (Up to 50% Off)

Sign of the Whale

Dupont Circle

$30 $15

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Inventive pub food, from eggrolls filled with jerk chicken to burgers dipped in marinara sauce, served in a legendary bar amid 16 TVs

$18 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $12 Worth of Classic Diner Food at American City Diner ($36 Value)

American City Diner

Chevy Chase-DC

$12 $6

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Designed in the mold of classic Americana diners, this 24-hour eatery serves breakfast, burgers, milkshakes, and malts all day long

Raw-Food or Juice Cleanse, or Raw Food at Khepra's Raw Food Juice Bar. (Up to 60% Off) Five Options Available. 

Khepra's Raw Food Juice Bar

H Street - NoMa

$189 $79

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Chef Anu prescribes raw meals and 16-ounce juices made from fresh coconut water, leafy greens, citrus, and seeds to cleanse bodies

$13 for a Sandwich Meal for Two with Chips and Soft Drinks at White Apron Specialty Sandwiches (Up to $26.26 Value)

White Apron Specialty Sandwiches

Downtown - Penn Quarter - Chinatown

$26.26 $13

Sandwiches inspired by international flavors, such as the Greek Tuna with feta or the Chimichurri with roast beef and Argentine pesto

Ethiopian Cuisine for Two or Four at Axum Restaurant (Up to 52% Off)

Axum Restaurant

U Street - Cardozo

$24 $12

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Spongy pieces of injera soak up the spicy and herb-filled stews of doro wat, split lentils, sautéed spinach, and tender lamb

Indian Dinner with Appetizers, Dessert, and Wine for Two or Four at Heritage India (51% Off)

Heritage India (Wisconsin St)

Multiple Locations

$101.90 $50

Attention to detail is evident in the authentic elements that surround guests as they dine on savory Indian fusion cuisine

$8 for $16 Worth of Spices and Teas at The Spice & Tea Exchange of Georgetown

The Spice & Tea Exchange of Georgetown

Georgetown

$16 $8

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Cooking apothecary houses shelves of gourmet spices, cooking herbs, naturally flavored salts, infused sugars, and loose-leaf teas

Indian and Pakistani Food at Aatish on the Hill (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Aatish On the Hill

Capitol Hill

$6 $3

Chefs fill charcoal-heated, clay tandoor oven with halal meats and vegetables to add subtle smoke to traditional Indian and Pakistani food

$27.50 for $50 Worth of Pan-Asian Cuisine and Drinks at Asian Spice

Asian Spice

Downtown - Chinatown - Penn Quarter

$50 $27.50

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Craft beers compliment dishes from Thailand, Japan, Korea, and beyond in a sleek three-floored dining room

$50 for $100 Off Your Dinner Bill at Bobby Van's Steakhouse

Bobby Van's Steakhouse

Downtown

$100 $50

Famed steak house starts dinners with crab cakes and shrimp cocktails before weaving in porterhouses and filet mignon

$36 for $60 Worth of Modern American Cuisine at Slate Wine Bar + Bistro. Groupon Reservation Required.

Slate Wine Bar + Bistro

Glover Park

$60 $36

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Perusing the menu of lesser-known, sustainably produced wines is half the fun—the other half is finding the perfect entree pairing

$29 for a 12-Month Meal-Plan Subscription to Make 5 Dinners in One Hour ($72 Value)

Make 5 Dinners in One Hour

Online Deal

$72 $29

Monthly timesaving meal plans show clients how to do five days' worth of cooking in about an hour; feeds 4–6 people

$17 for $30 Worth of Indian Cuisine at Flavors of India

Flavors of India

Washington

$30 $17

Chefs draw inspiration from northern Indian recipes and culinary techniques, forging meaty, vegetarian, and vegan entrees for all palates

Master Gourmet Wine Seminar for Two or Four at Little Washington Winery (Up to 57% Off)

Little Washington Winery

Washington

$80 $39

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Winery with top rankings in Virginia Wine Lover uses seminars to educate attendees on specific wine-related topics

Burger Meals or Brunch for Two at Desperados Burgers & Bar (Up to 31% Off)

Desperados Burgers & Bar

U Street

$56.45 $39

Take a bite out of custom burgers and signature frickles—fried pickles— or brunch benedicts and omelets with a spiked pitcher

$22 for $40 Worth of Mexican Food and Drinks at Haydee's Restaurant

Haydee's Restaurant

Multiple Locations

$40 $22

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Steak fajitas, spicy wings, and tightly wrapped burritos fill bellies in a festive atmosphere featuring live music, dancing, and karaoke

$69 for Six Assorted Bottles of Wine at Schneider’s of Capitol Hill ($144.94 Value)

Schneider's of Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill

$144.94 $69

Six 750ml bottles of specially selected wines, including an unwooded Australian chardonnay and other wines from France, Spain, and Italy

Wings, Sandwiches, and Wraps at DC Wings (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

DC Wings

Washington

$20 $11

Jumbo traditional wings and boneless wings served by the pound and coated in such sauces as hot garlic, citrus chipotle, and Mouth on Fire

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Ethiopian owner Meaza Zemedu's Meaza Ethiopian Restaurant, which has been featured in such press outlets as the Washingtonian and the Washington Post, was born of humble roots. Zemedu started her business by supplying local Ethiopian stores with her home-baked injera bread, a crepelike staple of Ethiopian cuisine. Demand for the tangy bread grew, allowing her to open her majestic restaurant, which welcomes guests to dine on traditional Ethiopian fare. Northern Virginia Magazine heaped praise upon the menu, including the doro wat stew—the national dish of Ethiopia—which includes chicken, red pepper, garlic, and hard-boiled eggs. Many of Meaza’s dishes are flavored with purified, spiced Ethiopian butter, from the ye beg kikil—lamb stew in spicy sauce—to the kifto—ground beef traditionally served raw or rare and mixed with cardamom and a mitmita spice blend. The chefs still bake Zemedu's injera from teff grain as an ubiquitous side and utensil alongside the fare.

The complex Ethiopian spice blends enchant guests throughout the 7,000-square-foot space—which comprises a dining room, grocery store, and banquet hall—as they admire portraits of Ethiopian emperors painted on lambskins along one wall. Throughout three elevated tiers, white and red cloths coat each table and patrons recline into patterned cushioned chairs. Sweeping bands of color swirl and draw eyes toward the ceiling, enhancing the dining room’s air of spaciousness.

5700 Columbia Pike
Falls Church,
VA
US

You might momentarily forget your hunger when you step into Curry Mantra's striking, newly expanded dining room, where vivid Indian artwork speckles the warm orange and yellow walls. Your appetite is reawakened, however, when you peer into the large kitchen window and catch sight of juicy morsels of lamb, salmon, and chicken waiting to be cooked in tandoori ovens. When discussing his decision to install a kitchen window with a food critic Tom Sietsema from the Washington Post, owner Asad Sheikh explained, "I want my customers to see what's going on in the tandoor." He's proud of the work that goes on in his kitchen, which earned Curry Mantra a spot on Northern Virginia magazine's 50 Best Restaurants list in 2011 and 2012, and Washingtonian Magazine's Best of Fairfax 2013. His chefs pull culinary inspiration from all four corners of India, folding lamb, chicken, and seafood into a wide variety of flavorful curries and fiery vindaloos. To craft their goat biryani rice dish, the chefs use a generations-old recipe passed down to Sheikh from his grandmother, peppering aromatic basmati rice and tender goat meat with saffron and nuts.

Silverware clinks against glass tabletops in the dining room, where diners sip on glasses of wine and creamy mango lassi. Come lunchtime, a buffet table will stretch across the room, lined with silver trays of freshly made dishes. On the weekends, the eatery hosts live music, as traditional flutists and drummers play classical Indian music and the theme from Three's Company upon request.

1077 W Broad St.
Falls Church,
VA
US

Made-from-scratch recipes and fresh ingredients have been setting the Original Pancake House apart from its breakfast-spot competition since 1953. That's when its owners established an all-day empire committed to ingredients such as pure hard-wheat unbleached flour and butter made from fresh sweet cream.

Today, Original Pancake House cooks across the country still construct scrambles and omelets from fresh Grade AA eggs. Powdered sugar lines the rims of oven-baked dutch baby pancakes, and granny-smith apples simmer in oven-baked pancakes (two of more than a dozen styles of pancake on the menu). Even the toppings are made in-house, including whipped cream, specialty syrups, and sauces. To complement these flavors, staff fill cups with fresh-squeezed orange and grapefruit juices and coffee blended specially to match the Original Pancake House's menu and upholstery. Although each location takes on the local charm of its surrounding city, all of them share in common a homey atmosphere that welcomes families with perks such as color-in place mats and kids' menus.

Name aside, the Original Pancake House isn't just a breakfast spot—in fact, it's open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, which is long enough for at least two meals a day, or six if you follow most doctors' advice to take a small pancake break every few hours. The savory side of the menu holds sandwiches piled with thick-cut meats, caesar salads, and savory crepes stuffed with ham and cheese.

7395 Lee Hwy
Falls Church,
VA
US

Futoshi “Tao” Takazato got his first gig working at a sushi restaurant when he was 24 years old. From the start, he was mesmerized by how fish could be transformed into a colorful, delicious piece of art. It took Tao six months of practicing and learning before he’d make sushi for a customer; it took him five years to actually feel comfortable doing it. Eventually, Tao graduated to head chef. Rather than marking the occasion by etching an oven mitt into his driver's license, he decided it was time to open his own restaurant, and Maneki Neko was born.

Translated, Maneki Neko means “beckoning cat.” In Japan, a waving cat is a symbol of good fortune. In fact, the image is often propped up in the windows of businesses as a way to welcome customers inside. A similarly welcoming atmosphere pervades Maneki Neko, with staff members reaching a first-name basis with regular customers and customers who bring in notarized copies of their birth certificates. Niceties aside, it’s the cooking that turns first-time guests into regular visitors. Tao and his staff specialize in sushi, but they also craft other traditional Japanese dishes. They create savory pancakes called okonomiyaki and sauté pork with noodles to form the Okinawa Soba entree.

238 W Broad St
Falls Church,
VA
US

It's rare to hear the words "gourmet" and "kid-friendly" in the same sentence, but that is exactly what Pie-tanza strives to be. Indeed, adults and kids can both enjoy the novelty of sitting at the counter that surrounds Ed McKee and Karen Waltman's open kitchen and watching as chefs hand-stretch Neapolitan-style dough, slather it with chunky tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella, and slide it into the 600-degree wood-burning oven. It's the oven that makes these pizzas so authentic, producing the crispy, chewy, bubbly thin crust that is the hallmark of a true Neapolitan-style pie. Familiar enough for younger diners, the pies can also be made a little more refined, thanks to grownup-friendly gourmet toppings such as rosemary chicken and fresh basil, or tri-colored peppers and kalamata olives. The restaurant’s other authentic Italian eats include hearty baked pastas and sandwiches, which feature hot toasted sub rolls or fine leather wallets stuffed with slow-cooked meatballs, roast turkey, or prime rib and cheddar cheese. Of course, no Italian meal would be complete without dessert, so diners should save room for mini chocolate-dipped cannoli or a java-chip brownie sundae topped with crushed dark-chocolate-covered espresso beans.

1216 W Broad St
Falls Church,
VA
US

Since 1950—when it was still known as simply Frozen Custard—staff members at Frozen Dairy Bar and Boardwalk Pizza have applied themselves to the daily task of mixing five custard flavors. In addition to pleasing generations of adoring customers, this dedication earned them a mention in The Washington Post in 2009. Richer than regular ice cream because of its higher butterfat content, slower production times, and well-maintained trust fund, their custard comes in classic vanilla and chocolate as well as a rotating flavor of the day that has, in the past, included mango with diced fresh mango and coconut-and-peanut-butter-fudge swirl packed with pieces of brownie.

In 2007, the owners added New York style pizza to the menu, continuing the tradition of making their menu items fresh each day with hand-tossed dough made from scratch, crowned with fresh toppings, and baked to order in a stone pizza oven. The specialty pies such as Popeye’s favorite—adorned with spinach, roasted red peppers, and eggplant—join fellow Italian specialties such as sub sandwiches served on toasted bread and pasta entrees including baked ziti.

6641 Arlington Blvd
Falls Church,
VA
US